Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Welcome

Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Frances Meyer; Journaling Spot: Advantus; Stamp: Stampin Up; Markers: Copic, Stampin Up; Stencil: Plaid; Other: Flower

I'm looking forward to a brand new year.  While there was nothing particularly bad about 2011 there was nothing particularly noteable about it, either.  It was just "there" mostly.

I know it's cliche but I'm looking forward to making some changes.  Body, mind and environment.  We'll see how it goes.  LOL.  See?  I'm already starting on one of my changes - to be more laid back. 

This layout is based on this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch:

I knocked it on it's side and condensed it a bit but hey, like we always say over on Sketchy Thursdays...our sketches are for inspiration.  They're a starting point.  We're so laid back, LOL! 

Do you make resolutions?


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hope your holiday was bright...

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. 

The weather here was perfect.  Clear skies, cool days - short sleeve weather in the sun, crisp nights.  The kids were so excited and really had a blast. 

Every year, by about 4pm on Christmas day I'm so ready for it all to be over.  Except for the tree.  I'm happy to pack up all the other decorations but never the tree.  I'm always sad to see it go and it's usually the last thing I pack up.  I hold off as long as I long into January as I can swing it.  I think it's the atmosphere.  The soft light.  And there are so many memories associated with the ornaments. 

This layout is from last year's Scrapbook News and Review holiday sampler.  I love this one.  The clean and simpleness of it.  The yummy colors.  The gorgeous corrugated flower by Precocious Paper.  The tree and title are actually on a tranparency overlaying the rest of the layout, except for the flower, of course. 

I'll be sad to see the old tree go again this year but I'm so ready to move on.  I have lots of reorganizing to do and finally some time to start doing it. 

If I don't talk to you again, have a happy and safe New Year!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!

I apologize for not being around much in the last couple months.  I've been super busy with all the manufacturer events on Scrapbook News and Review.  I had tons of fun doing them (I think I participated in 26 manufacturer events) and made, for the most part, between 5 - 12 projects per event.  I hope you were able to stop by and take in all the amazing work all the SNR staff made. 

We're finally done for this year so it's now back to business as usual.  I'll be turning my focus back to creating regularly for Sketchy Thursdays, submitting regular projects to the SNR magazine and lots of fun new tutorials and articles for SNR as well.  We've got a lot of great stuff planned for you this year in the Education Department of SNR and you won't want to miss a bit of it!!!! 

There's a subscribption sale going on right now - a full year of Scrapbook News and Review for $19.99! 

That's like 24 issues for less than $1 each because we release twice a month!  How amazing is that??!!!!

Plus, in addition to all our regular eye candy, tutorial and article features in scrapbooking, cards, stamping, mixed media and digital, we'll be bringing you a few more months of manufacturer inspiration in the form of articles in the magazine.  Trust me, you don't want to miss it!!! 

Don't miss the sketch I made for Sketchy Thursdays this week:

We're giving our Sketchy Designers a little holiday break so this sketch will run for two weeks, through December 28.  There's an awesome SRM Stickers prize pack up for grabs, too.  Trust me, there are enough stickers of various themes in this pack to get you through a good deal of your 2012 scrapping or card making.   I love SRM Stickers.  I can always find just the perfect sentiment. 

As mentioned, I've been so busy with SNR that I haven't had much time to make other stuff so all my 2011 holiday projects are in the magazine...but here's a cute one from last year:

As seen in the Scrapbook News and Review 2010 Holiday Sampler

The trees were inspired by the Dr. Seuss style.  Plus, of course, gotta get some yummy holiday glitter and sparkle in there!

If I don't "see" you again before then, have a very happy holiday!!!!!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Huh? December?? Who stole November??!!

Seriously, who stole November? 

It was 11/1 and now it's 12/1.  What the???!!!!!!

I had a very busy month creatively in November although every single last stitch of it was for Scrapbook News and Review so I can't share any of it here for a few more months.  But you can see a lot of it on their Fall Events forum.  Right now the Lindy's Stamp Gang (I especially love the 80s themed artwork!),  I Brake For Stamps and EK Success Celebrate Fall and Thanksgiving events are still up until Saturday.  Check them out!  I have several entries in each event. 

This is my favorite pic right now of my favorite people.  It was taken at the fall festival at the kids' school. 

Speaking of Lindy's Stamp Gang, I used quite a few Lindy's Starbursts and Moon Shadow Inks on this layout.    Just look at how shimmery and sparkly their products are:

This is based on the sketch I made for Sketchy Thursdays this week:

Well, I hope to share with you a lot more often this coming month than last!  Fingers crossed.  :)